Print Public – Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez
Ms. Tica is a multi-disciplinary project created by North Oakland artists Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez that combines printmaking, muralism and installation. Ms.Tica is a persona created by the artists; an anonymous fortune teller who answers the questions posed by those in the community. For this project they partnered with local San Pablo Avenue business, Rock the Bike to create a fictional storefront. The cards will be answered by Ms. Tica and displayed at a later date.
About Rock the Bike
“We’re bike people. We’re inventors and advocates working away in a sweet workshop in Oakland, California, pushing the limits of bike culture. Our mission is to get people in touch with their ability to make a real, lasting impact in the ongoing climate crisis, through Pedal Powered event activities and products that help Bike People shine in their communities.”
Based in Oakland, Kelly Ording creates artwork that blends organic and geometric shapes with exact lines, pairing intuitive and mathematical mark-making. She has exhibited her work both in the U.S. and Internationally since graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000. In addition to her works on paper, canvas and collages, Ording has created several large scale public works and murals:San Francisco’s landmark Clarion Alley, the Palega Park Recreation Center, Facebook Headquarters, Genentech, as well as other locations throughout the Bay Area and Internationally. Ording is currently working on a large-scale paving project on Ocean Avenue in conjuncition with the San Francisco Art Commission and the San Francisco Department of Public Works.
Oakland-based artist Jet Martinez is known for creating vibrant works of art that put a contemporary spin on folk art motifs. Originally from the small beach town of Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, Martinez takes inspiration from his native culture’s rich traditions of pottery, weaving and embroidery. Martinez has exhibited in reputable galleries and art institutions nationwide, including Joseph Gross Gallery, 111 Minna Gallery, White Walls Gallery, Museo de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, Syracuse University and many others. He has painted murals in locales as diverse as Oaxaca and Zurich and created commissions for companies like Facebook, Hilton, Kiehl’s, John Fluevog and Redbull.